Japanese fonts 01

20190129

“Japanese fonts 02” is here.

Free Japanese fonts are few. Why?

Japanese need 2965 kanji (JIS Level 1) + 3390 kanji (JIS Level 2) kanji. It will take a few years to complete them. And fonts are kind of art. Font authors don’t want to see their fonts on the adult sites.

Font authors often change the URLs to avoid the direct links. They want to show their messages (license, thought) first.

Hinting is not good for Japanese

Compare the pictures:

hintslight

hintnone

hintslight is rather thin and hintnone’s “目” is clearer than hintslight.

Font Index

These fonts include 2965 kanji (JIS Level 1) + 3390 kanji (JIS Level 2) kanji. The images are generated by ImageMagick on linux. If you want to make your font images, put your fonts to ~/.local/share/fonts/ and run generate-font-samples-ut.rb. The images will be generated to font-samples-generated/.

Source Han Sans

Source Han Serif

GenEi fonts

IPA fonts

IPAex fonts

Takao Gothic

MigMix

IPA Mona

Motoya L Cedar

Motoya L Maruberi

UmePlus Gothic

Source Han Sans

Source Han Sans is an open source Pan-CJK font made by Adobe and Google. Adobe call it “Source Han Sans” (English name) or “源ノ角ゴシック” (Japanese name, “Gen no Kaku Gothic”). Google call it “Noto Sans”. Noto means “No more tofu”.

Website: https://github.com/adobe-fonts/source-han-sans/tree/release
License: OFL-1.1
Download: https://github.com/adobe-fonts/source-han-sans/blob/release/SubsetOTF/SourceHanSansJP.zip

Source Han Serif

Source Han Serif is an open source Pan-CJK font made by Adobe and Google. Adobe call it “Source Han Serif” (English name) or “源ノ明朝” (Japanese name, “Gen no Mincho”). Google call it “Noto Serif”. Noto means “No more tofu”.

Website: https://github.com/adobe-fonts/source-han-serif/tree/release
License: OFL-1.1
Download: https://github.com/adobe-fonts/source-han-serif/blob/release/SubsetOTF/SourceHanSerifJP.zip

GenEi fonts

GenEi fonts are modified “Gen no Kaku Gothic”.

Website: http://okoneya.jp/font/
License: OFL-1.1

Go to the Website and click “ダウンロード”.

Alphabets and numbers = proportional. Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji = fixed. ​

Alphabets, numbers, Hiragana, Katakana = proportional. Kanji = fixed.

IPA fonts

IPA stands for Information-technology Promotion Agency. It is a related organization of the Japanese Government. Note: IPA fonts are not for phonetic characters.

Website: http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/old/ipafont/download.html#en
License: http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/old/ipafont/download.html#en

IPAex fonts

IPAex fonts are combined fonts. Hiragana, Katakana, Kanji = fixed IPA fonts. alphabets, numbers = proportional IPA fonts.

Website: http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/node17#en
License: http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/ipa_font_license_v1-html#en

Takao Gothic

A Modified IPA font.

Website: https://launchpad.net/takao-fonts
License: http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/old/ipafont/download.html#en

Check “Downloads” in the right.

MigMix

MigMix is a combined font that uses “M+ font” and “IPA Gothic”.

Website: http://mix-mplus-ipa.osdn.jp/migmix/
License: http://ipafont.ipa.go.jp/old/ipafont/download.html#en
Download: https://osdn.jp/projects/mix-mplus-ipa/releases/p11182

MigMix 1P, MigMix 2P = proportional fonts. MigMix 1M, MigMix 2M = fixed fonts.

IPA Mona

IPA Mona is a modified IPA font. It is good for Japanese ASCII art. Most Japanese ASCII art is designed for MS P Gothic. IPA Mona and MS P Gothic are the same width.

Website: http://www.geocities.jp/ipa_mona/
License: You need to distribute them with the IPA certified softwares.

Click “opfc-ModuleHP-1.1.1_withIPAMonaFonts-1.0.8.tar.gz” in the page. IPA Mona fonts are included in opfc-ModuleHP-/fonts/ .

Motoya L Cedar

“Motoya L Cedar” is a Gothic font made by the Motoya Corporation. Google Android used it for the Japanese font. This font is designed for mobile machines.

Download: https://sourceforge.net/p/android-x86/frameworks_base/ci/marshmallow-x86/tree/data/fonts/MTLc3m.ttf
License: Apache License

Go to the Download page and click “download it”.

Motoya L Maruberi

This font is designed for mobile machines.

Download: https://sourceforge.net/p/android-x86/frameworks_base/ci/marshmallow-x86/tree/data/fonts/MTLmr3m.ttf
License: Apache License

Go to the Download page and click “download it”.

UmePlus Gothic

UmePlus Gothic is a combined font. Hiragana, Katakana, alphabets, numbers = M+ font. Kanji = Ume font.

Website: http://linuxplayers.g1.xrea.com/modified_fonts_01.html
License: You can redistribute it and modify it freely.

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